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Crack on

Dry, cracked earth

Dry, cracked earth in the US

Today's Phrase

To crack on is to continue doing something as quickly as possible. The phrase is also said to encourage someone to do something or start doing something.

Examples:

We need to crack on and get today's work finished.

A: Can I start moving the boxes into the living room?
B: Yes, crack on.

Take note

Crack on is often followed by the preposition 'with'.

Examples:

I'm going to crack on with my report.

After lunch, they cracked on with painting the kitchen.

Interesting fact

During long periods of dry weather, earth which contains lots of clay can crack, as in the picture above. Clay gets bigger when wet and smaller when dry.

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